You alone Create Your Greatness

My motivation for any type of competition or race stems from the thrill of the excitement of pushing myself past the comfort of what feels capable.
I didn’t realize what I was creating within myself when I began racing and competing. I still remember the fear I felt when swimming the final meters in my first triathlon, the nervousness in my gut when the gun went off at the start of my first half marathon, the feeling of being petrified when the time came to scale my first 10ft wall, and the tremble in my legs when I walked across my first stage. Scared, afraid, and nervous. These were all of the emotions that made me face my biggest fear of all, the fear of being just mediocre. This feeling is what drives me every day. This is why I train and train hard. The fear of never pushing myself to achieve personal greatness is simply unacceptable.

We often cast our dreams aside out of fear of being critiqued. Some people live their entire life never really being alive. They never take risks and never put themselves on display out of fear of looking vulnerable. If you never feel the pain of defeat, how can you truly appreciate the pride that comes with the attempt?

In competition, even in training, the fear of being scrutinized or criticized will lead to failure. Top tier athletes are created when one finds the ability to choose personal greatness. You become what you conceive, build, and launch. So build greatness and never settle for being just mediocre.

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